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Title: Illuminating Luke, Volume 1: The Infancy Narrative in Italian Renaissance Painting, Volume 1
Author: Hornik, Heidi J
Additional Authors or Contributors: Mikeal C Parsons
Publisher: Trinity Press International; Publication Date: 2003
Paperback; ISBN: 9781563384059
Volumes: 1; Pages: 176
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Few pages from the Bible are as familiar or beloved as those containing Luke's narrative of Jesus' infancy, and few have been portrayed more often in art. In Illuminating Luke, art historian Hornik and New Testament scholar Parsons offer a compelling interdisciplinary study of paintings from the Italian Renaissance period (1300-1520) that depict Luke's infancy narrative.
The authors open each chapter with an overview of the relevant biblical passage and the interpretation of its theology and rhetoric. They then place the selected work of art in context, giving a brief biography of the artist and discussing the factors (social, political, and religious considerations, patronage, period of the artist's career) that contribute to our understanding of the painting. A stylistic and iconographic analysis follows, and each chapter concludes with a brief hermeneutical reflection about how this visual interpretation might inform the Church's reading of Scripture.
Illuminating Luke places its chapters in canonical order so that, while there is ample historical context, the focus remains on Gospel itself and on the paintings as visual exegesis of the text, the better to enrich our understanding of the Third Gospel.
Heidi J. Hornik is Associate Professor of Art History at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and is the author with Mikeal Parsons of Interpreting Christian Art.
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